Introduction

So you’ve decided to add an adult doggo to your pack. With the addition of the extra four legs and wagging tail, your life is about to get a whole lot more pawsome! Adult dogs are often passed up for their younger “cuter” peers. But middle aged dogs have years of love to give and are furrific companions. They have literally been around the block a few times, and know what it’s like to live with humans. Plus, they aren’t nearly as labor intensive as puppies. Keep reading to know what you can expect when adopting an adult dog.  

Adjustment

If your new four legged friend is coming from a shelter, they will experience a big change. Shelters are stressful environments for dogs, so it’s going to take some time for them to unwind and adjust to your home. Even if your new dog is coming from a foster home or their previous owner, they will still need an adjustment period to get used to their new digs. Since dogs are creatures of habit, your dog will feel unsettled with a new routine. Have patience and make sure you are there to guide them every step of the way. Even though they are housebroken, the stress of moving may cause them to have an accident or two. Stress can also cause them to stop eating. Feed them a couple small meals during the day until they relax and feel comfortable. During the first few weeks with your new pack member, stay pawsitive and give them plenty of affection. Pretty soon they will feel right at home.

Behavior

Before adopting an adult dog, you’d be wise to find out all you can about their health and behavior. In most cases, adult dogs are given up because of changes in their people’s circumstances. But occasionally, there are significant behavior issues that can carry over. If you feel equipped to handle major issues, just be sure you know what you're getting into. The last thing you want is for the dog to find themselves back in the shelter. Of course, there is no such thing as a pawfect dog. Even the most obedient doggo will have kinks that need to be ironed out. Some problems like pulling on a leash, jumping, and chewing can be overcome with some basic training. However, issues like separation anxiety and chronic accidents in the house require more effort. Remember consistency is key when it comes to correcting a bad habit. And of course, have plenty of patience!

Exercise

Your new adult doggo likely won’t have the limitless energy of a puppy. With a few years under their collar, they will be calmer than a young pup and understand the value of a lazy afternoon. However, don’t expect your pooch to be a couch potato. In fact, when it comes to adult dogs, daily exercise is more impawtant than ever. When your furry friend was a puppy, you exercised them so they stopped bouncing off the walls. As an adult, the health benefits of exercise cannot be stressed enough. Daily doggy cardio helps to maintain a healthy weight, lubricate joints, prevent destructive behavior, and strengthen muscles. Depending on their breed, size, and age, your pooch should get between 30 minutes and two hours of exercise each day. Of course as they age, this amount decreases, as does their speed. Pay attention to your pooch and make sure they don’t overdo it.
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